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"To live without feeling or exciting sympathy, to be fortunate without adding to the felicity of others, or afflicted without tasting the balm of pity, is a state more gloomy than solitude; it is not retreat, but exclusion from mankind. Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures."|
Samuel Johnson: Rasselas [Princess Nekayah]
On second marriages: "The triumph of hope over experience." Boswell: Life of Johnson
Whoever has created
An abiding friendship,
Or has won
A true and loving wife,
All who can call at least one soul theirs,
Join in our song of praise;
But any who cannot must creep tearfully
Away from our circle.[Ode To Joy]
[ Whoever has had the great fortune
To be a friend's friend,
Whoever has won a devoted wife,
Join in our jubilation!
Indeed, whoever can call even one soul,
His own on this earth!
And whoever was never able to, must creep
Tearfully away from this band!]
"Le mariage est comme une forteresse assiégée; ceux qui sont dehors veulent y entrer, et ceux qui sont dedans veulent en sortir."
(Marriage is like a beleaguered fortress: those who are outside want to get in, and those inside want to get out).
~Quitard: Études sur les Proverbes Français, p. 102.
It happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.
~Montaigne: U[/I]pon some Verses of Virgil, chap. v.[/I]
Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in?
~Ralph Waldo Emerson: Representative Men: Montaigne.